Restricting the authority of the father delays the enactment of the Law on Protection from Domestic Violence
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Representatives and experts said that the failure to legislate the Law on Protection from Domestic Violence, which was prepared 13 years ago, is due to the existence of wordings and phrases that restrict much of the father's authority within the family. The head of the team of experts in the Parliamentary Legislative Department, Talib Kazem Odeh, told Al-Sabah that there are two trends that contributed to the delay in enacting the law. Sometimes it does not fit the timings of its presentation in the House of Representatives, so it should be included in the Parliament's agenda after choosing the appropriate opportunity and maturation. For her part, a member of the Parliamentary Family, Women and Childhood Committee, Mahdia Abdel-Hassan Al-Lami, told Al-Sabah: The proposal for a law to reduce domestic violence must be approved by the legislative and executive authorities, as there are three proposals for draft law, the first of which was issued by the Council of Ministers in 2015 in accordance with Articles 61, item first, and second of the constitution, and the second was sent by the Presidency of the Republic in 2017 And the last one was approved by the Prime Ministry in 2020, and the proposals are still in the corridors of Parliament. She added that the committee organized many activities and meetings with decision-makers, some academics, tribal leaders and civil society organizations to discuss the provisions of the law. And she indicated that there is a division in the House of Representatives regarding the law, as there is a group that has fears and concerns when enacting the law and applying it on the ground, as it may disturb the family system, and another says that there are axes that should be included in the proposal for the Family Protection Law, including the preservation of religious values and the moral, national and community system. .
In turn, Dr. Qassem Al-Zamili, from the Women’s Empowerment Department in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, told Al-Sabah: The draft law on protection from domestic violence was prepared 13 years ago, and it has passed through many legislative channels, including the State Council, specialized bodies, and the legislative department in the secretariat. The General Assembly of the Council of Ministers and presented it to the Council of Ministers to reach a national consensus to pass the law. He stated that there are 16 directorates for family protection distributed among the governorates that need a specific law that regulates the flow of its work, as it works to provide us with data and statistics related to the phenomenon of violence.
Edited by: Ali Mouafaq
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